According to a report made by Bitcoin.com, Kamil Brejcha is pioneering an initiative to grow tomatoes using heat from mining operations. He is the co-founder of Nakamoto X, a Czech exchange, and mining operation. He stated that they started this kind of development when they found out how to move heat from the rigs to a greenhouse built above.
There has been so much talk about mining and the huge energy invested in its processes. But, the truth is that with cryptocurrencies as they are today, mining is a necessary element for the network operativity. That’s why any solution proposed to minimize energy waste, is welcome. Kamil tweeted:
“We have developed something called “Cointainer” which is being placed in the basement and the heat is blown into the greenhouses. More details will be revealed soon”
So it is safe to suppose that this system aims to transform a mining farm into a real one. The concept can be applied to every crop that uses effectively heat to grow. Every region could grow a different crop, according to its necessity.
Mining operations are often seen as undesirable power hogs in the different cities that house them. This type of initiatives can finally break the stigma of the practical inutility of a mining farm. Getting closer to the community and effectively returning some of the profit can help in that sense. Or even creating a double farm business model, also selling and distributing crops to generate a profit by taking advantage of the same amount of power for multiple purposes.
It is always a good thing to see miners and exchangers trying to give to the community and help the environment, either by adopting new hardware that reduces energy expenditure, or by using that same energy to make more with it. Maybe regulation will take this into account at the time of approving mining farms constructions in the future.